A 700g individual of the NWA 869 meteorite. Chondrules and metal flakes can be seen on the cut and polished face of this specimen. Wikimedia Commons / H. Raab
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A morsel of never-before-seen alien rock has been dug up in a limestone quarry in Sweden, where it had lain deeply buried for about 470 million years, scientists said Tuesday.Previously, remnants of only one of the two rocks had been found, in the form of meteorites called chondrites.The extraterrestrial lander may be the first documented example of an "extinct meteorite" – so called because it's parent body had been entirely consumed by space collisions, meaning no more fragments can fall to Earth today.Chondrites still drop to our planet every now and then.
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